Next Generation Tech: Teens Plugged In!



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    Conference Overview

    Come join us in this teen-driven event, where we invite teens to share their insights into their “always connected” way of life.

    Teens are using technology to communicate like no generation before them – mobile text messaging, IM, MySpace pages, video cell phones and online video games, etc…. Technology permeates their lives and their interests drive innovation in a significant way.  According to the Harrison Group Study on What Teens Want, in 2006 American teens spent over $195 billion and a large portion of it was on technology.

    At the same time, in addition to spending money on technology, teens are emerging as innovators in the industry as well.  These young entrepreneurs are changing our world-using fresh tech-savvy ideas to create new businesses and garnering the attention of investors in the process.

    How are teens impacting the way technology is developed? How are these technologies scaling into businesses? And what about the teens themselves- are they creating companies? Who’s investing in their firms and how to choose the winners? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed during this exceptional program.

    Who Should Attend the Conference?

    • Entrepreneurs, Business Strategists, Product Managers and others targeting the teen markets
    • Investors
    • Teens themselves of course!

    This program is an exceptional opportunity to learn first hand from the teens themselves how they are driving the tech industry and the firms who are investing in them.


    8:15am - 8:50am Registration and Breakfast
    8:50am - 9:00am Welcome
    9:00am - 9:15am Profile in Entrepreneurship:
    Ben Casnocha, Silicon Valley Writer and Teen Entrepreneur
    9:15am - 10:00am High School Panel:
    Moderator: Liz Gannes, Writer, GigaOM

    Teen Representatives from High Schools in Silicon Valley

    10:00am - 10:15am Break
    10:15am - 11:00am College Panel:
    Moderator: Jasmine France, Writer, CNET

    Student Representatives from Universities in the Area

    11:00am - 11:15am Mid-Day Kenote:
    Courtney Macavinta, Ambassador ,Girls For A Change
    11:15am - 12:15pm VC and Digital Usage Panel:
    What Do the Marketers Know About Teens? How Do You Invest in Teens as Consumers and Entrepreneurs?
    Moderator: Josh Jaffe, Senior Writer, The Deal

    Chi-Hua Chien, Associate, Accel
    Ameer Karim, Director of Product Marketing, Hewlett-Packard
    Tim Kendall, Product Manager, Facebook
    Larry Magid, T
    echnology Journalist and an Internet Safety Advocate
    Sergio Monsalve, Principal, Norwest Venture Partners
    Anne-Marie Roussel, Director, Strategic and Emerging Bus. Group Microsoft

    12:15pm - 12:30pm Profile in Entrepreneurship:
    Daniel Kafie, Co-Founder,
    12:30pm -12:45pm Up Close with the Poster Fair Companies

    Anshul Samar, CEO,
    Ben Casnocha, Founder, Comcate Inc
    Daniel Fukuba and Eric Vicenti, Founders, Composite Labs
    Girls For A Change

    Joe DiPasquale, Co-Founder,
    Kalvin Wang, Founder, Gumball Capital
    Michael Castellano, Founder and CEO, Millennial
    Palo Alto High School Robotics Team

    12:45pm - 1:30pm Lunch and Poster Fair
    1:30pm -
    Closing Remarks


    Ben Casnocha is a Silicon Valley–based entrepreneur and writer. Currently nineteen years old, he serves on the board of Comcate, Inc., the leading e-government technology firm he founded six years ago. He has received various accolades. In 2006 BusinessWeek named him one of America's best young entrepreneurs. In 2004 PoliticsOnline ranked him among the "twenty-five most influential people in the world of Internet and politics." The Silicon Valley Business Journal named his blog one of the "Top 25 in Silicon Valley." His work has been featured in hundreds of media around the world, including CNN and USA Today. He is a seasoned speaker on entrepreneurship and leadership, and he cofounded an intellectual discussion society for business and technology executives. He graduated from San Francisco University High School in June 2006, where he edited the school newspaper and was captain of the varsity basketball team.

    Chi-Hua Chien joined Accel as an Associate in 2006 and focuses on investments in digital media, online advertising, information markets, and consumer Internet. Previously, Chi-Hua was the Director of Marketing at hosted software provider Coremetrics, where he led the marketing and inside sales teams and also served as the company’s interim CFO. He successfully launched multiple generations of the Coremetrics platform while helping the company achieve a dominant position in the ecommerce web analytics market.   Chi-Hua has been involved with Accel’s investments in BitTorrent, Facebook, Kosmix, and YuMe Networks, and he remains active with Coremetrics.

    Ross Dakin is a senior undergraduate student at Santa Clara University.  As a computer engineering major, Sole Proprietor of a technical consulting company, the President of the SCU Engineering and Business Alliance and Production Editor of the santa clara review, all parts of Ross's life are touched by technology.  When he graduates in June, 2007, Ross will begin working at LiveOps, Inc. in Palo Alto, CA.

    Daniel Fukuba is a robot builder for he past 6 years. He has competed in battle bots with the robot Max Wedge, which was national champion for three consecutive years. He works on many various projects and helps out his class mates with repairing their video game systems, to their physics projects. He works with Paly robotics and helps out with the MIT lemellson project

    Girls For A Change is a national organization that empowers girls to create social change. We invite young women of color in low income and urban communities to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods. GFC provides the tools, resources, partnerships and support girls need to gain the voice, ability, and problem-solving capacity to realize their full potential.  GFC was founded in Silicon Valley, California in 2002--and has since doubled the number of girls served. We expanded to the Phoenix Metro Area in 2005.

    Rahul Hirani is a freshman undergraduate student at Santa Clara University majoring in Finance and English with a possible minor in Economics or Political Science. He is an active member in the Santa Clara Social Justice Board, EBA, Green Club, and Intandesh cultural club.

    Josh Jaffe Joshua Jaffe serves as director of Business Development, leading audience and revenue development initiatives for Tech Confidential, The Deal’s technology dealmaking publication. Based in San Francisco, he also writes The Deal’s VC Ratings blog about startups, entrepreneurs and venture capital investment.  Previously, he worked as global technology correspondent for The Deal and Tech Confidential. In 1999, he launched and managed The Deal's Silicon Valley bureau while penning the “Silicon Valley Special” column about high-tech dealmaking. One year later, he transferred to the company’s London bureau to cover the local technology finance beat and was nominated for a European Online Journalism Award. Jaffe joined The Deal in March 1999 after a stint at a global high-tech magazine published by Miller Freeman.  Prior to that, he worked at Institutional Investor, where he served as the newsletter division's Hong Kong bureau chief and Washington DC reporter. He received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

    Daniel Kafie is a 2nd year student at HBS and a recent graduate from Harvard (class of 2005, Kirkland) where he concentrated in Economics. During college, Daniel was on the business board of the Crimson and was very active with most of the Latin American student organizations on campus. Having grown up in Honduras, he has a strong interest in social entrepreneurship and have started 2 companies- a plastics recycling business back home, and, an online startup that sells arts and crafts from the developing world and gives back a percentage of the profits to the artisans represented on the website. During his summers, Daniel worked at an investment bank, a media company, and a private equity firm. Most recently, Daniel co-founded, a Spanish version of the popular Facebook that connects Spanish speakers from around the world.

    Ameer Karim is the director of product marketing, responsible for the development of HP's worldwide digital home product portfolio.  Ameer manages a team of seasoned product managers looking at future technologies, market trends and working with consumers to understand what capabilities are required to enable the future digital home.  Ameer joined HP in 1996 as a channel development manager and was instrumental in helping build HP's North America retail consumer PC business.  Over his career at HP, Ameer held many positions in the consumer PC business including roles in marketing communications and desktop PC product marketing.  Prior to joing HP, Ameer worked for major US retailers in a variety of management roles.  Ameer is a 17 year veteran in the consumer electronics and computing industry.

    Alina Libova is a 17 year old Mountain View High School Student; who is an avowed computer aficionado. The daughter of a computer architect at Polaris Wireless and a midwife at El Camino Hospital.  She is best known for her “Vista Party” last February that boasted 500 + attendees.  Alina is enjoying the remainder of her senior year and will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall.

    Coutney Macavinta is an award-winning journalist, author, speaker and teen coach who has reached more than a million girls and women through her work, including her blog and best-selling book, RESPECT: A Girl’s Guide to Getting Respect and Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed (Free Spirit Publishing, 2005), which has won both IPPY and iParenting awards.  As an expert on teens and women, Courtney has been featured on CNN, Fox, National Public Radio, MSNBC and in USA Today, CosmoGIRL!, Teen People, Teen Vogue, The Seattle Times, The San Jose Mercury News and numerous other media.

    Palo Alto Robotics Team will be presenting an award winning robot from the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) Las Vegas regional competition.  Their animation and website, which was also part of the competition, will also be available for viewing.  They will also be presenting a project sponsored by MIT which is a laser triggering device for quadriplegics.    Paly was the only California High School selected by MIT this year for this Invent Teams program and is one of only 20 schools nationwide to receive this honor.

    Anshul Samar is a 13 year old entrepreneur and currently the CEO of Elementeo ( Elementeo has created an educational interactive trading card game which teaches kids chemistry in a fun and exciting way. As a seventh grader who is attending Sam H. Lawson Middle School in Cupertino, he has always dreamed to create a company and design a cool product of my own. He has always wanted to show the world that kids can also start a business and have fun at the same time.

    Eric Vicenti is new to robotics and is very interested and driven. He has a extensive knowledge of consumer electronics and how to get them to work. 




    3000 Hanover Street

    Palo Alto, CA 94304


    (Refreshments, Breakfast, and Lunch included)

    $35 Student Price (Must Show Student ID At The Door)

    $50 SDForum Members Price

    $75 Non-SDForum Members Price

    Schools interested in bringing classes please contact Randa AbuZayyad at [email protected] prior to the event

    Registration is now available. After May 15th the price for the event will increase by $10. Limited registration will be available at the door.

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